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What does the Alcazar have? Seville: Spain

Hola amigos!

Another instalment of Kaptain Kenny, this time coming to you from Seville, Spain.

During our 4 days here we’ve:

  • had an amazing electric bike tour with the company ELECMOVE
  • visited a world-famous flamenco show
  • taken the train on a day trip to Cadiz (Not 100% worth recommending however; more on that another time.)
  • visited the famous Alcazar of Seville which happens to be (in my opinion) The Alhambra’s little sister. Both options are 100% recommendable though – not to be missed if in Granada or Seville!

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So as usual, below you will find our snaps for the Alcazar.

Enjoy the mosaic tiles.

The archways.

The gardens.

And those moorish designs typical for this period in Spain in the 9th century.

**** TRIVIA ALERT

One of Seville’s most amazing attractions can be enjoyed free of charge as you walk the streets: more than 14,000 bitter orange trees that decorate the “calles” and infuse this charming city with the heavenly scent of their blossoms every spring. In fact, these ornamental, bitter orange trees outnumber every other species of tree in the city of Seville. They have become emblematic of this southern capital city and their fruits have even become known throughout the World as “Seville Oranges”.

The orange tree and its blossom were praised by Moorish poets during Spain’s Islamic history and its bitter variety has graced the streets of Seville as long as anyone remembers. Possibly it was chosen not only for its pungent fragrance, but also because it stays nice and green year round, providing shade in summer and thick swashes of lush green to line the streets in winter.

According to our bike tour guide Marie, the trees are an old cross-breed of orange and lemon which was very advanced for its time back then. The way you can tell is by looking at the leaves. They are divided into two sections which shows the genetic mutation. We pinched an ‘orange’ from a tree and bit into it expecting to meet a typical ‘table orange’ taste. Wrong we were! Lemon central: apparently they are mainly disposed of (sad!) or used for jams. 

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Phoebe&Bellamy.

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The main square in front of the Real Alcazar of Sevilla.

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It seems to be The Alhambra’s ‘little sister’.

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Grandeur!

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20 degrees in ‘winter’.

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Happy to be discovering this part of Spain!

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Dating back to the 9th century.

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Old mosaic, you have my heart.

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My brother doesn’t like to smile in photos.

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Delicious designs.

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Intricate archways.

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Some natural light cascading in – oh sun, how I’ve missed you.

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Did you know that in Seville and Granada, orange trees line the streets? We had a taste of one and found out something really interesting about them…..

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Alcazar wandering.

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Hedge archways are my favourite kinds. Especially when the stairs are made of 9th century mosaic.

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Serenity now.

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A beautiful day in Seville.

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Zen.

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Peace and quiet at the Alcazar.

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I love the combination of Spanish palms, the Alcazar roof and a beautiful cathedral roof top.

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Casual.

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Walking through the gardens.

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Alcazar, Seville.

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With my brother.

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Ditto.

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Those famous orange trees!

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Kaptain Kenny!

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